The Medical Dietetics Program at The Ohio State University offers three graduate-level programs

The Coordinated Graduate Program combines the coursework with the internship requirements so students are eligible to take the national dietetics registration exam upon graduation.  This program is designed for students who have a degree in a non-dietetics field and would like to pursue a dietitian’s registered-eligible program at the graduate level.
 
Medical Dietetics also offers a combined masters internship program for dietetics students who have graduated from a didactic program in dietetics. Students can pursue their areas of interest through their masters’ program while continuing their dietetics education. Students are eligible to take the national registration examination upon completion of their graduate degree.
 
The last program offered by Medical Dietetics is a Master’s degree in clinical nutrition. This degree is specifically designed for the practicing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to return to school to further their knowledge. Students may select from a variety of courses to augment a degree that investigates critical care nutrition, community nutrition, metabolic disease, and clinical management.
 
 
Learn more about these options in our Masters of Science in Allied Medicine

 

The Future of Medical Dietetics Starts Here

In response to new educational guidelines released by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is collaborating with the Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) to develop the new Master of Dietetics and Nutrition (MDN) degree program (link to program page/TBD).

Pending approval, Ohio State's current undergraduate and graduate Coordinated Programs in Medical Dietetics, Medical Dietetics and Human Nutrition internships will be phased out over time and transition to a Master of Dietetics and Nutrition (MDN) degree program. The new program will be a two-year coordinated program at the graduate level that provides the didactic and internship experiences in one unified program.

Look for more details coming soon.

Masters of Dietetics and Nutrition FAQ's

Masters of Dietetics and Nutrition FAQ's

Is there a specific undergraduate major that I need to be eligible to apply to the new MDN program?

There is no "right" undergraduate major to enter the MDN program. Examples include health sciences, exercise science, psychology, nutrition or another health-related field. A health-related major seems to best prepare students for entry in the program; however, as long as the student performs well academically and completes the prerequisite courses, the major of their choice is best.

Will the undergraduate degree in Medical Dietetics still be available after the changes have been implemented for the MDN?

No, the current programs will eventually phase out over time and transition to the new Master of Dietetics and Nutrition to meet new educational guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), recommending that the level of educational preparation for the RDN be elevated to a graduate level to provide a greater depth of knowledge and skills needed for future practice in the profession by the year 2024.

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